The vast majority of comments I've read on here about these plans have been totally against the policy full stop. Well I am happy to say that I completely agree with it - and no I am not a Tory apologist.
Perhaps it would help if those against it could say something about their own situation, as its obvious what the people deemed 'under occupying' will think. Or the housing staff who to have these difficult conversations which they've avoided for years. Personally, I've lived in social housing most of my life. I now occupy a one bedroom property and do not receive HB.
The estate where I live is a prime example of why I support this policy. It has a good mix of nearly 400 properties, about half are one bed flats and bugalows the rest 'family homes'. On my street about 90% of the houses are under occupied by older people. Where is the sense in that? There are plenty of one bed homes for them here but they simply refuse to move. So despite what some posts on here say about older people not getting a look in, that is not the case where I live. In the 10years I've lived here, not a single older person has downsized. This is despite there being 'moving deals' offered by my landlord.
Now not many years ago the landlord had an idea to demolish some of the one bed properties and guess what? Build more family homes!! So can someone who disagrees with this policy please explain why is it logical to demolish one bed homes when there are ample family homes that just happen to be under occupied? That is not logical at all.
So putting that aside I appreciate there is also an ethical element to this policy argument. Now in an ideal world there would be enough homes to house everyone wherever they wanted to live. The problem is we simply do not live in a perfect world. Therefore, there is quite a simple way to look at this. Why should someone be allowed to have the benefit of a family home they no longer require? Just because they qualified for it 20+ years ago does not mean they have a moral right to stay. What about the rights of all those families languishing on waiting lists?
If you apply for any state benefit and your circumstances change then your entitlement to that benefit stops or changes. Why is social housing any different? No one is suggesting forcing people to move out of their home onto the streets. The state is still going to provide a decent home for these people. Alot of people use very emotive language when discussing this policy instead of sticking to the facts.